Main Problem Addressed / Activity Sector:
Their main focus is business and employment creation. BA is responsible for promoting the economic development of the city, designing and implementing employment support policies for its citizens including the migrant population, and encouraging the development of a diversified local economy. Additionally, they aim to promote the city internationally to attract and retain talent from all over the world.
22,6 % of the people assisted in the job placement programs in 2016 were foreigners, of those, 17,4% where from outside of The EU. 52,7% were women, 44,8% were over 40, 56,6% were unemployed, and 39.2% had a university degree.
BA offers legal assistance and business support, all the information and multiple online tools (business plan online, idea tester and taxes calculator) have been uploaded onto the website in English. They offer intensive tailor-made programmes conducted by expert trainers in the field of entrepreneurship and mentoring to entrepreneurs at different stages of the business creation process. The mentors and mentees are matched according to the areas of knowledge and needs. BA also provides information to migrants about funding at local and national banks or other institutions that provide microcredits, grants, loans etc. The financing institutions involved in the network provide easy access to funding for the accredited projects.
One of the key success factors of BA is the integration with a number of departments of the city council. Together they have created a core organisation, developing programmes with a solid, powerful and unified strategy. The strategy covers entrepreneurship and employment, including successful plans to integrate and promote migrants as well as ethnic minorities